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December 04 12:15 PM

Gun safety classes for children slated

Registration is currently underway for children ages 8 to 12 to participate in the Caddo Sheriff’s Office "First Gun Course."

The four-hour class will be offered from 8 a.m. until noon on two dates: Dec. 8 and 15. All classes will be held at the Sheriff's Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, 15639 Highway One South.

Designed for kids only, the course provides basic instruction for those who may never have fired a gun but want to be able to use one safely. It's also recommended for kids who will receive a new BB gun, shotgun or hunting rifle for Christmas.

“Children who will receive a gun for Christmas can try it for the first time in a safe environment with the help of a trained Caddo sheriff’s deputy,” Sheriff Steve Prator said. “Parents are wise to want their children to know basic firearms safety before a gun is given as a gift, and I would strongly urge them to register their child for this program,” Prator said. “It’s the responsible thing to do.”

Children are welcome to attend the course with BB guns, pellet guns, .22 rifles and small caliber shotguns. No high powered rifles will be allowed. Only BB's and .22 ammunition will be supplied by the training academy.

Through generous donations by local citizens and local wholesalers, those children without a gun can use one supplied at the academy. Participants will shoot skeet and also fixed targets supplied by the National Rifle Association Foundation.

There's no cost for the course, but preregistration is required. Space is very limited, and Caddo Parish residents will be given preference. An adult must remain with the child throughout the course.

To register, call 681-0735.

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